When our children were growing up, I had a word of the day posted on the fridge. I wrote it, its part of speech, the definition, and then a sentence using the word.
Then, I would use it as much as possible in my conversations with the kids. I encouraged them to use it, too. That way, they would really learn the word and it would become part of their vocabulary.
“Eeeew! That sounds like spelling words from grade school,” you moan.
Not so, Dear Reader. It was great fun! Trust me!
In fact, when our youngest son was in his early twenties, he had a little get-together at our home with some of his childhood chums. Lots of food. Lots of laughter. Lots of reminiscing and then catching up on what they had been up to lately.
At one point, one of his friends turned to me and asked what happened to the word of the day. (It was AWOL from the fridge.)
Alas, when we became empty nesters, I ceased the word of the day. Sigh . . .
My son’s friend said that when he came to our home he always enjoyed seeing the word of the day. That was one of his fond memories that he had of his association with our son. (That really I tickled me.)
So. I’ve been thinking lately about a word of the day and re-establishing it so I can help my grandchildren increase their vocabulary skills. Which lead me to think that a word of the day here would be a great addition!
However, do you know how hard it is to maintain the pace of a new word a day? Criminitly! It isn’t a stroll through the park.
Instead, I’m going to have a word-of-an-indiscriminate-amount-of-time. Since that doesn’t roll off my tongue very smoothly nor is it a catchy phrase nor easy to type, I’m going to call these ‘word of the day’ posts. So just every once in a while, I will write about a word. It won’t be on a daily basis. It will just be ever so often.
Are you with me? Great!
I encourage you, Dear Readers, that you in turn share that word with YOUR grandchildren so that they could improve their vocabulary, too. Then, we’d all be one big happy family of vocabulary learners. Wahoo!
Are you ready? Great! Here’s my very first word of the day: senectitude.
Senectitude ( se-NEC-ti-tude) is a noun that means old age. (Boy howdy! That sure applies to me since I was born in the Mesozoic Era.)
Here are several examples of how to use senectitude in a sentence.
- I try to eat healthy and exercise regularly so that I can maintain good health well into my senectitude.
- My children tease me about getting Alzheimer’s in my senectitude.
- I won’t let senectitude stop me from enjoying life.
- Pickleball has become all the rage for people in their senectitude. (BTW, that’s true in my area.)
You know, I can’t stop here today with sharing just one word. Senectitude begs to have it’s companion — juvenescent.
juvenescent (joo-ve-NES-cent) is an adjective that means young or youthful in appearance.
- Because I’m in my senectitude, I definitely do not look juvenescent. (Too many wrinkles.)
- My grandchildren are juvenescent.
- Working around college-aged students keeps me juvenescent.
- Ponce de Leon looked for the fountain of youth because he wanted to stay juvenescent.
Well that’s it for today. May the power of an increased vocabulary be with you and your grandkids!